PLEASE NOTE: This page is for start-up organizations that seek to incorporate and/or obtain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
If the Partnership determines that we can help your group with incorporation and/or applying for tax exemption, there will be a non-refundable $500.00 fee for that service, in addition to all required state and federal filing fees.
If you are a new nonprofit or a group seeking to incorporate, please review our Resources for Starting a New Nonprofit.
Prior to applying for legal assistance, please make sure you have gathered and completed all of the Required Documents for groups seeking to incorporate:
- A Business Plan or similar document. At a minimum, this should address the following:
- The mission of the organization
- A detailed description of proposed activities to further the mission
- The target beneficiaries of the organization
- The communities where the activities will be conducted
- Identification of other groups that are addressing the same issues in these communities, and a description of how your organization differs
- Expected sources of financial support
- Specific fundraising plans
- Proposed three-year budget (see sample budget template in Excel or PDF)
- Proposed staffing of the organization (employees and/or volunteers)
- List of prospective board members
- A description of your experience, if any, working with a charitable organization
- A summary of steps taken, if any, to partner with another organization to carry out your activities
- Sample grant proposals (if any)
- If the nonprofit is already incorporated, a copy of the Certificate or Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, if adopted
- Brochures, fliers or similar materials (if any) that describe your organization
Please complete the form below and submit. Then please email all required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax or mail all required documents to your local Pro Bono Partnership office. Your request WILL NOT be processed until we have received them.
IMPORTANT: Any information that you submit via this form is not protected by the attorney-client privilege. Submitting this form to Pro Bono Partnership is not intended to create, and does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.